Tag Archives: Shenandoah Valley

Unpublished: Thomas D. Evans Pocket Diary, 1864

It’s smaller than my hand, delicate, and hard to hold open to read the fading ink and pencil. However, this pocket diary is where Thomas D. Evans wrote about the weather, notes about military actions, and later the daily record … Continue reading

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VMI Cadets at McDowell: “War was not a pastime”

When were the Virginia Military Institute Cadets (VMI) called to join a Confederate army as reserves? The most obvious answer is: May 1864 for the battle of New Market. But did you know that “Stonewall” Jackson himself “called out the … Continue reading

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April 2022 Maine at War posts

In April 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a suspected murder to Baltimore Unionists who befriended a Maine regiment passing through while en route to the war. April 6, 2022: Augusta CSI pursues a soldier’s killer … Continue reading

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On The March: The Cadets’ Road to New Market

Adapted from Chapter 4 of Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market On May 10, 1864—the first anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s death—Virginia Military Institute cadets participated in graveside remembrance ceremonies, returned to their barracks, and finished the day … Continue reading

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Loyalty & The Battle of Kernstown

Loyal – unswerving in allegiance[i] The battle of Kernstown, fought on March 23, 1862, resulted in a Confederate retreat under the cover of darkness and a scored victory for the Union in the Shenandoah Valley. “Stonewall” Jackson’s gamble to regain … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Bloody Autumn

Bloody Autumn: Excitement and Anxiety—The First Book Excitement. I remember the very moment I received the call that Dan Davis and I had the green-light from Ted Savas to tackle the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 as one of the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Shenandoah Valley Trips from the Blog Archives

Thinking about a trip to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley this autumn? We’ve rounded up the ECW Weekender posts and organized them… Happy travels! (And if you take some photos at Civil War sites, tag us on social media.) Maryland Heights Overlook, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Morning Attack Trails at Cedar Creek Battlefield

Autumn is just around the corner, and before we know it, it will be the perfect weather for a drive to (or just through) Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It’s reported that peak leaf colors will likely be around October 11 this … Continue reading

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The Appomattox (or Shenandoah) Parole Passes and Confederate Cavalry After Appomattox

Following the combat at Appomattox Court House on the morning of April 9, Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia prepared to surrender. Lee and Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant met in the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Massanutten Mountain Storybook Trail

If you blink, you’ll miss the turn-off and the sign for “Chrisman Hollow Road” at the very top of New Market Gap in Massanutten Mountain in the Virginian Shenandoah Valley. But if you make the turn to the north and … Continue reading

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